The Rush of An Electric Car

When someone said

When someone said “electric car,” I often pictured a golf-cart looking vehicle capable of putt-putting around the neighborhood. Not anymore.

Earlier today, I took a ride in Tesla Motors electric-powered roadster. The two seater is a socially conscious vixen on wheels. People stood and stared as the candy yellow convertible whipped around the corners of Denver roads and accelerated from 0 to 60 in a hair-blowing four seconds. “I get a lot of thumbs up in this car,” says Diarmuid O’Connell, vice president of business development at Tesla.

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Tesla is at the DNC to urge the government to provide car owner with tax credits encouraging them to purchase clean tech cars. O’Connell attended an earlier event at the Colorado Governor’s Mansion aimed at fueling such government investment in green tech.

O'Connell should for the cost. At $109,000, the car is priced in the same category as the luxury vehicles that pepper the lyrics of rap artists. No wonder then that the car is owned by celebrities such as hip hop group Black Eyed Peas star Will.I.Am.

The car promises to make up some of its cost in fuel savings. It gets more than 135 miles to the gallon and can go more than 220 miles per charge.

Tesla has a sedan planned for 2010 with a sticker price designed to be easier on the eyes: around $60,000.

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